Tag: minimum wage

Another Setback for Student Athletes … or Is It?

On December 5, 2016, Berger v. National Collegiate Athletic Association brought a major setback for those advocating that “student athletes” deserve to be compensated for their contributions to the multi-billion-dollar industry of college sports. The plaintiffs were two former “student athletes” at the University of Pennsylvania (“Penn”) who participated on the women’s track and field team.  … Continue Reading

U.S. Supreme Court rejects challenge to Seattle minimum wage law

On May 2, 2016, The U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear the legal challenge to the Seattle Minimum Wage Ordinance’s impact on Seattle franchisees (IFA v. Seattle–denial of cert).  We have blogged about Seattle’s Minimum Wage Ordinance (“Ordinance”) before. The Ordinance requires large businesses, defined as those with more than 500 employees, to raise the minimum … Continue Reading

Ninth Circuit Declares Tip Pools Invalid Under FLSA Even Where Employers Pay More Than Minimum Wage

In Oregon Rest. & Lodging Ass’n v. Perez, the Ninth Circuit ruled this week that federal law restricts a restaurant employer from maintaining a tip pool that includes “back-of-the-house” employees and requires directly tipped employees to share their tips, regardless of whether a tip credit is taken and employees are paid at least minimum wage. … Continue Reading

It’s Coming: Overtime Pay for More Workers

Coming to a store or restaurant near you soon!  Supervisors will get overtime! “Too many Americans are working long days for less pay than they deserve.” —President Obama on overtime pay http://t.co/Y4yThJ1K2g — Barack Obama (@BarackObama) June 30, 2015 To be exempt from minimum wage and overtime requirements, currently a worker must perform certain duties … Continue Reading

Oregon Minimum Wage to Rise to $8.50/Hour in 2011

The Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries recently announced that Oregon’s minimum wage will increase by ten cents to $8.50 an hour effective January 1, 2011.  Oregon’s minimum wage has been $8.40 an hour since January 1, 2009.  Click here to read Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian’s press release on the minimum wage increase.  As a … Continue Reading

Our Festivus Present to Oregon Employers: Ten Things You Should Know for 2010

Wow, it’s Festivus already, which means that in just a few short days it will be a brand new year!  We have a Festivus present for Oregon employers to help you get ready:  Ten things you need to know for 2010!  (click on each blue hotlink for more information) All Oregon employers are required to post the SB … Continue Reading

Washington Minimum Wage to Remain $8.55/Hour in 2010

Washington’s minimum wage will remain $8.55 per hour in 2010, the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) announced this week.  Click here to view L&I’s press release on the 2010 Washington minimum wage.     L&I recalculates the state’s minimum wage each year as required by Initiative 688, which requires that the minimum wage be increased … Continue Reading

Oregon’s Minimum Wage Will Remain $8.40 in 2010

Oregon’s minimum wage will remain $8.40 per hour in 2010, Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian announced last week.  Oregon’s minimum wage is tied to the Consumer Price Index, and is recalculated by the Labor Commissioner every September.  This year, however, the CPI declined 1.5 percent, so Oregon’s minimum wage workers will not receive a raise next year.  Click here … Continue Reading

Federal Minimum Wage Rises to $7.25/Hour Today

If you pay your employees minimum wage, prepare to give them a raise effective today:  the federal minimum wage increases to $7.25 per hour, effective July 24.  Of course, you may live in a state that has a higher minimum wage; in that case, employers are obligated to pay the higher of the two wages.  … Continue Reading

DOL Secures $3.4 Million Settlement for NY Car Wash Employees

A portend of things to come in federal wage enforcment?  Yesterday, a group of New York car washes have agreed to pay over one thousand current and former employees a total of $3.4 million to settle a lawsuit filed by the Department of Labor (DOL) alleging violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).  Click here to read the consent decree in … Continue Reading

Federal Minimum Wage Increases to $7.25 Effective July 24

Employers take note:  the federal minimum wage increases to $7.25 per hour effective July 24, 2009.   For more information, check out the Department of Labor’s Fair Labor Standards Act site.  Of course, many states also have minimum wage laws, an where an employee is subject to both state and federal minimum wage laws, the employee is entitled … Continue Reading

Exotic Dancers Are Employees, Not Independent Contractors

Every now and then we need a reminder to illustrate  the dangers of misclassifying employees as "independent contractors."  Last week, the Montana Supreme Court provided such a reminder, ruling that exotic dancers were employees, not independent contractors.  Click here to read the opinion in Smith v. TYAD Inc. d/b/a Playground Lounge & Casino.  In Playground, the employer required … Continue Reading

Nevada Minimum Wage Increase Effective July 1, 2009

Nevada’s minimum wage will increase effective July 1, 2009, pursuant to state law that requires the Nevada Labor Commissioner to adjust the minimum wage to reflect increases in the cost of living.    The minimum wage for employees who receive qualified health benefits from their employers will increase from the current $5.85 per hour to $6.55 per hour, while … Continue Reading

Washington’s Minimum Wage To Rise to $8.55 January 1, 2009

Washington employers get ready to give your minimum-wage employees a raise:  effective January 1, 2009, Washington’s minimum wage will increase to $8.55 per hour, allowing Washington to maintain the highest minimum wage in the country.  For more information, click here to read the Department of Labor and Industries’ Press Release.  Washington’s current minimum wage is … Continue Reading

Cosmetology Teachers, Not Day Care Teachers, Overtime Exempt

Cosmetology teachers, but not day care teachers, are exempt from the Fair Labor Standards Act‘s (FLSA’s) overtime and minimum wage rules, according to two recent opinion letters from the Department of Labor. The FLSA contains an exemption for professional employees, including any “teacher in elementary or secondary schools.”  Cosmetology teachers qualify for the exemption, according to the … Continue Reading

Oregon Announces New Minimum Wage of $8.40 Effective January 1, 2009

The Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries recently announced that Oregon’s minimum wage will increase from the current $7.95 an hour to $8.40 an hour effective January 1, 2009.  For Oregon Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian’s press release, click here.  As a result of Ballot Measure 25, passed by voters in 2002, the minimum wage is … Continue Reading

Federal Minimum Wage Rates Increase to $6.55/hour

Effective today, July 24, the Federal Minimum Wage increases to $6.55 hour.  This is the second of three increases provided for by the enactment of the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2007.  A third minimum wage increase to $7.25 per hour becomes effective on July 24, 2009. This increase does not affect most Western states, … Continue Reading
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